Shopping with coupons 101: Getting Organized! #UltraPro
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Do you get tired of spending hundreds of dollars at the grocery store each week? Ready to start saving more and spending less?
One of the best ways to save your hard-earned cash is to shop with coupons. I’m not an extreme couponer by any stretch, but I do save between 25-45% each shopping trip. While that won’t give us a retirement fund, it does give our budget a little more breathing room.
Downloading mobile coupon apps, activating digital coupons, printing online savings, and clipping coupons out of newspaper inserts can be a time consuming and daunting task. Don’t give up! The key to getting the biggest bang for your coupon is to be organized.
Here are 4 top tips to making couponing work for you!
1) Know Your Store
Be sure to familiarize yourself with your grocery store’s specific coupon policy. Knowing the details could get you more savings! It might even be a good idea to keep a hard printed copy with you. Always peruse the weekly sales flyers for your store before you head out to shop. Knowing what is one sale and the details of the deal will help reduce your time actually spent in the store.
2) Know Your Coupons
This is a biggie. Use as many coupon resources as you can manage. Whether you prefer printing coupons online, using mobile coupon apps, or by clipping inserts, use the medium(s) that work best for you. Whatever ways you choose, if you have hardcopy coupons, you need to set up a reliable system. Getting a coupon binder like these from UltraPro will give you a user-friendly way to protectively “file” and store your coupons. With heavy duty front and back covers (that are stylishly cute too) these binders come in conveniently different sizes. Filled with plastic see-through pocketed pages, it’s handy to have each coupon tucked in a pocket for easy access. UltraPro coupon binders even come with a Coupon Terminology list. Not sure what BOGO or WYB means? Take a quick peek at this handy definition list of coupon abbreviations. You’ll be a pro in no time.
3. Make a List
Outline your shopping trip before you go. Whether you make your grocery list by menu-planning first and then matching it up to your coupon sand sales flyers or vice versa. Stick to your list. Snagging last minute end-cap finds and planning your next meal as you shop will spell certain disaster for your budget.
4) Don’t Shop Hungry
It sounds silly, but there are good reasons to eat first and shop later. Strolling the aisles when your starving likely means you’ll buy larger quantities and more convenience foods. Subconciously, you’ll be looking to fill your belly with a cartful of food that you might not need. Stick to #3.
Hopefully, these tips will help reduce the confusion and sometimes overwhelming feelings of trying to coupon. It’s a good reminder to think of coupons as money. Just think, every time you use a $1.00 off coupon, you’ve left a dollar in your wallet!